January 30, 2015

QL700 Brother Label Printer Needs This Driver For A 64 Bit Operating System

QL700 Label Printer Fix

Brother QL-700 High-speed, Professional Label Printer

When I got my new label printer I thought it was going to be a snap to get it up and making labels in just a few hours. Keep in mind, I was dealing with a new 8.1 Windows operating system, on a new to me computer, so there was a bit of a learning curve included. I got the label maker from Amazon in early June, so as you can see, I was a bit slow on the uptake.

I went through all the steps to hook it up correctly…more than a few times. But, something was missing. Yesterday, I finally discovered what it was: the correct driver for my 64 bit Windows 8.1 OS.That’s all it was and in just a couple minutes I was making labels. One of the features that I’m looking forward to using on this label maker is the ability to print postage when I need it. Next up, seeing if I can find a way to convert all of my old Avery label files into the Brother system file types. If not, then it will be a slow slog of doing them all over again.

AFTER INSTALLATION OF THE DRIVER, REBOOT YOUR SYSTEM.

My 23andMe Results Are In! I’m Pleasantly Surprised!

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My results are in and my surprise is that I have a tiny bit of Asian/Native American blood, as well as a super big amount of Scandinavian. No surprise on that second part, with my mom’s Swedish line, but I had always wondered whether anything else would show up.

I used 23andMe as my genetic testing service because we had used them for my husband’s line and we were very happy that his results confirmed he has some degree of Native American blood as well. Actually, we had his dad tested, which presented a much more direct line.

Back to my test results, this is what 23andMe has to say about my testing:

Ancestry Composition tells you what percent of your DNA comes from each of 31 populations worldwide. The analysis includes DNA you received from all of your ancestors, on both sides of your family. The results reflect where your ancestors lived 500 years ago, before ocean-crossing ships and airplanes came on the scene.

I have to say, I was quite surprised by the “Yakut” listing, but it might all tie in with the Native American migration in some way, which I suspect. To be honest, I’m not sure just where my Native American genes might have come from, but I suspect it could have been through my Poindexter family, or my Smith line. Family stories are great for pointing you in certain directions, and in ours they made references to “black indians” and “red indians”. So far, I haven’t found anyone in the family that was an enrolled member of a tribe.

The Poindexter Connection

What have you found in your DNA testing results that surprised you? Was there anything, or was it as you thought it would be? In the past I have used other DNA testing services, but honestly, I think 23andMe is the best when it comes to detailed results. What I like about them too is that they keep refining the results over time so you get an even more clear picture of your genetic lineage.

23andMe Ancestry Composition for Carol PDF file

7+ Websites for Revolutionary War Research

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This is my first blog post using the Firefox addon Scribefire so it’s going to be abbreviated, but I wanted to tell you about an excellent article by Gena Philibert-Ortega that lists the Top 7 Websites for Revolutionary War Ancestors, plus one more suggestion from me as a resource.

My source is “ask your genealogy friends”. Sounds simple, but you never know who might have their own books on a topic. This link happens to go to Cyndi’s List which is always an excellent starting point for genealogical research.

 

Check This Chart Before You Add That Picture

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To Download, or Upload, That Is The Question

One of the things that really slows up my blog posts is trying to decide whether or not I’m committing some grievous sin against the Google gods by posting a photo. Well, maybe not Google gods, but photo owners and creators who might send out the creative commons jack-booted thugs to confiscate my files. Seriously, sometimes I just don’t know whether I’m in violation, but this week’s flow chart tells me (and now you) what to do before you post that JPG.

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